Sun. May 9th, 2021

Chief Court wants local bodies elections in Gilgit-Baltistan “soon”


GILGIT: Chief Justice Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Court Justice Malik Haq Nawaz and Justice Ali Baig heard a petition seeking early holding of local body elections.

According to sources, the court has noted that the Election Commissioner Gilgit-Baltistan and GB government were not taking necessary steps to hold local body elections in Gilgit-Baltistan, thus depriving the people of Gilgit-Baltistan of representation through elected representatives and devolution of power at local level and other basic rights.
The court has further noted that the GB government and chief election commissioner were bound to hold local government elections in Gilgit-Baltistan under Article 114 of the Gilgit-Baltistan Governance Order 2018.
The court has observed that the government is illegally running the local body institutions through non-elected administrative authorities.
The judges have further noted that providing billions of rupees to these non-elected institutions in the name of local body system is against the principles of fair distribution, transparency and good governance.
The court has directed to take necessary steps and hold local body elections in Gilgit-Baltistan without further delay.

1 thought on “Chief Court wants local bodies elections in Gilgit-Baltistan “soon”

  1. concentrate on legislation to result in establishment of DISTRICT and VILLAGE governments in GB as a replication of what PTI has done in KPK – Necessary step in establishing an EGALITARIAN SOCIETY in our region.

    Egalitarian Society: An egalitarian society is one where every person is entitled to equal rights, receive equal treatment and opportunities. These societies comprise of groups of people who agree to live together in these societies as egalitarianism as one of their core values.

    Egalitarianism is the position that equality is central to justice. Egalitarians think, firstly, that unfair life prospects should be equalized. Secondly, that equality is the most or one of the most important irreducible intrinsic or constitutive worth(s) of justice. Thirdly, that welfare should be increased.

    Outline of an Egalitarian Society:
    Extracts: “An active Civil Society can open the door for an enormous variety of energies and talents from a broad spectrum of organisations and individuals. It means opening the way for diversity. It means welcoming plurality. ……three critical underpinnings of a quality Civil Society — a commitment to pluralism, to meritocracy, and to a cosmopolitan ethic.
    This means that initiatives cannot be contemplated exclusively in terms of economics, but rather as an integrated programme that encompasses social and cultural dimensions as well. Education and skills training, health and public services, conservation of cultural heritage, infrastructure development, urban planning and rehabilitation, rural development, water and energy management, environmental control, and even policy and legislative development are among the various aspects that must be taken into account.”
    “An important facet of modern development thinking is that societies can best strengthen themselves by mobilizing their own dynamic forces rather than relying on external support and direction.”

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